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Soulard Market

St. Louis

MO

USA

Contributed by 
Keith Belk
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
May 23, 2003
December 14, 2017

A large, historic public market with an array of vendors.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

Soulard Market is the last Public Market in the City of St. Louis. The origin of Soulard Market was as a public market mapped out by Perre LaClede in 1764. As the City grew, the market split, and Soulard Market was created in 1839 as the South or French Market. The land for it was donated in perpetuity by Julia Soulard in 1838. The first structure was built shortly thereafter and the current structure was built in 1828. Today it is a large Public Market with an array of vendors, more so from April into the fall. You can find produce, live poultry, pets, art, meat spices, coffee, flowers and many other products. Informed buyers do well here.

Access & Linkages

Soulard residents, folks from all over the metro area, and tourists visit the market. Parking can be rough, but a new crossing with traffic lights was just built to the free lot that is located across 7th Street.

Comfort & Image

Until the last couple of years, grit would be a good description. A new roof and some exterior work has been done and the second floor space and rest rooms will be improved in the near future.

Uses & Activities

The Market is open Wednesday through Saturday. It the busiest on Friday and Saturday, when all vendors are open. The Market adjoins a park and open space and it is used for a variety of neighborhood events and provides a place to play or rest.

Sociability

I find the market to be a great place to people watch because anyone and everyone can be found there. All ages, incomes and ethnicities are present. There are a number of restaurants near the Market where you can meet for breakfast or lunch.

How Light?

How Quick?

How Cheap?

History & Background

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The southeast wing of the market on a busy day.
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Street musicians entertain shoppers.
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All images courtesy Jeff Wiegand.
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Soulard Market

*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.

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